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Monday, November 17, 2021

2008 is not the year to be a maverick.

First John McCain, who points to an ornery streak in his DNA, loses the election of his life. And now, Mark Cuban, who owns both a blog and (oh by the way) an NBA team that both sport that “maverick” label, is being busted by the SEC for insider trading.

Perhaps not so coincidentally, both McCain and Cuban can trace their woes to women problems: A diva-like Alaskan governor named Palin for the former, and an also-also-ran Internet search engine for the latter.

Oh, mamma.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 11/17/2008 01:15:51 PM
Category: Business, Internet, Politics, Sports
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Google has been making a big deal out of the enhancements on its Google Maps utility, including urban-tailored features like walking directions and mass-transit guides.

The online versions of such may be working just fine, but the offline targeted advertising in New York’s subways failed to translate, big-time:

As part of a new aggressive ad push by the cash-strapped MTA, the California-based Internet giant “wrapped” three cars of the Times Square Shuttle with colorful vinyl hawking Google as the way to find your way.

The problem is inside the train.

Ads on the wall show riders familiar Google directions saying that to get to Madison Square Garden from Grand Central, you take the 1, 2 and 3 downtown to 33rd St. and walk a block.

The directions completely miss the bit about having to take the shuttle from Grand Central to Times Square first.

Granted, you’d be reading such directions while already riding the said 42nd Street Shuttle line. Still, if you need directions in the first place, you’re likely not familiar enough with the subway system to fill in this blank. Besides, a step-by-step like this is supposed to be comprehensive — otherwise, what’s the point?

It’s been a long while since I’ve ridden the Shuttle; I’ll have to be on the lookout for this bad-ad example next time I’m on it. Assuming they haven’t corrected it already.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 11/17/2008 12:33:37 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Internet, New Yorkin'
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At the moment, proof that the Web is far from being the all-inclusive repository of human knowledge that it’s cracked up to be is manifested by my inability to find a primo quote I remember regarding the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, the worst-ever team in NBA (and possibly all of North American sports) history.

I don’t remember if I read it or heard it several years ago, but I definitely came across it. It came out of the mouth of one of the unfortunate hoopsters who played on a squad that went 9-73 in an 82-game schedule (including a 15-game losing stretch to open the season and set the tone). It went something like this:

“For other teams, we ended losing streaks and extended winning streaks.”

No better way to illustrate this particular futility.

Incidentally, I keep thinking that it was the old Washington Bullets (now Wizards) who accomplished this feat. But that’s just me jumbling up sports, as it was really the NHL’s Washington Capitals who went 8-67-5 in 1974-75, their inaugural expansion year.

And to follow this trend, the above two sad-sack performances were followed by the infamous 1976 0-14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL. Too bad Major League Baseball didn’t contribute to this groovy ’70s sporting stink-o-rama…

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 11/17/2008 11:45:55 AM
Category: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Wordsmithing
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